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highkoo
KVRAF
 
3075 posts since 25 Jun, 2004

Postby highkoo; Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:29 pm Freeware+FLware only. Critique me.

Hello KvRrrz!
I just finished up this collab-

https://soundcloud.com/highkoo/tengigga ... -w-aricrey

In some ways its pretty far from my usual style, and mixing it was a whole new adventure.
Just looking for any thoughts on it. Aesthetically or technically.
Thanks!! :D

Oh yeah, this was done with 100% freeware + FL Studio.
Last edited by highkoo on Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:32 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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layzer
KVRAF
 
1686 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Postby layzer; Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:31 pm Re: Freeware only. Critique me.

this was great! good mix, brilliant sounds used and suprises around every corner. well done :tu:
HW SYNTHS [KORG T2EX - AKAI AX80 - YAMAHA SY77 - ENSONIQ VFX]
HW MODULES [OBi M1000 - ROLAND MKS-50 - YAMAHA TX802]
SW [Z3TA+ - CHARLATAN - SYNTH1 - DUNE BE - MICROTERA - RMiV]
DAW [ENERGY XT2/1U RACK XPSP3 PC/MAUDIO 1010LT PCI]
highkoo
KVRAF
 
3075 posts since 25 Jun, 2004

Postby highkoo; Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:26 pm Re: Freeware only. Critique me.

Thanks! :)
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nasenmann
KVRian
 
575 posts since 24 Oct, 2005

Postby nasenmann; Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:54 am Re: Freeware only. Critique me.

nice soundscape, very...wet, all around ;)

only criticism i can think of right now is that i'm slightly bored with the snare and its long reverb tail at some point. the doubletime part does freshen it up, but how about playing with the decay times (of either the sample or the reverb, or both) over the course of the tune a bit? maybe a few reversed sample swells into the snare would sound nice as well. not overdoing it of course, just some slight touches/varied articulation here and there.

good work, from a freeware afficionado to another.
dune_rave
KVRist
 
437 posts since 22 Jun, 2006, from Hungary

Postby dune_rave; Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:39 am Re: Freeware only. Critique me.

It's quite good!
So you didn't use the FL instruments only freeware?
Would you share which specific freeware plugins you used in this particular track?
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phreaque
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326 posts since 16 Jul, 2007, from Baghdad-Iq

Postby phreaque; Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:25 am Re: Freeware only. Critique me.

Lovely!
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ecamburn
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389 posts since 16 Dec, 2003

Postby ecamburn; Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:38 pm Re: Freeware only. Critique me.

The sounds are terrific in this piece. I really like the crunchy lead sound. Very clear, transparent mix. That transition at about 1:00 = :-) Just some really interesting, out of the ordinary stuff going on in this tune. Nice one.
highkoo
KVRAF
 
3075 posts since 25 Jun, 2004

Postby highkoo; Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:15 pm Re: Freeware only. Critique me.

Thanks so much guys! :)

dune_rave wrote:So you didn't use the FL instruments only freeware?

Oop, misspoke a lil.
It was freeware and FL plugins.

I like to comment on my tracks noting the plugins that were used.
I will do that now and post back here with the list.
I know that the VOS reverb was used a lot-
http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/200 ... /epicverb/

nasenmann wrote:the snare and its long reverb tail

Yep, I start to agree with ya on that.
Good suggestions, thanks. :tu:
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Ok edited the thread title. :oops:
Is it terrible that I think of FL plugins as freeware? :hihi:
They really are pretty good for the most part. I just think of them as like a 'bonus' that comes with what I really want, the host.
Anyway, its not the most efficiently built project. :)
I added comments on SoundCloud for whats what.
This is the rundown;

-28 mixer channels
-39 samples
-A million automation lanes
Plugins
Image-Line-
DX10 x3
Wasp x3
3xOSC x3
DirectWave x1
Morphine x3
FL Phaser
FL Flanger
FL Chorus
FL Filter
FL Love Philter
FL Fast Disortion
FL Wave Shaper
FL Reverb 2
FL Parametric EQ 2
FL Stereo Shaper x2
FL Limiter xMany (Transparent, for sidechains)
Maximus on master

3rd party-

Zebralette x2
http://www.kvraudio.com/product/zebralette-by-u-he
VOS epicVerb x3
http://www.kvraudio.com/product/epicver ... y_of_sound
VOS Ferric x3
http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/200 ... -kvr-dc09/
TDR Feedback Compressor II x2
http://www.tokyodawn.net/tdr-feedback-compressor-2/
Krakli Effex x1
http://www.krakli.com/krakli-free-fx/
MultibandBitCrusherI x1
http://www.kvraudio.com/product/multiba ... _by_hilofi
Soundhack +Delay x1
http://www.kvraudio.com/product/delay-trio-by-soundhack
Ohmforce Frohmage x3
http://www.kvraudio.com/product/frohmage-by-ohm-force
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Frantz
KVRAF
 
2655 posts since 18 Jul, 2008, from New York

Postby Frantz; Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:43 pm Re: Freeware+FLware only. Critique me.

The sound design really sets this one apart. It's enjoyable because the sounds are constantly changing.

If you are looking for criticism, perhaps the riffs could be a little stronger. I think this could be achieved by composing with generic sounds and only start the sound design once the composition is complete.
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metamorphosis
KVRAF
 
3427 posts since 7 Jan, 2005, from Hamilton, New Zealand

Postby metamorphosis; Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:28 pm Re: Freeware+FLware only. Critique me.

I like it - agree that the riffs and melogies could be stronger.
And there's something artificial about the sounds which bugs me, but short of better/more analog-modeled-synths, I'm stuck as to what might improve that. Possibly tape emulation.
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highkoo
KVRAF
 
3075 posts since 25 Jun, 2004

Postby highkoo; Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:15 pm Re: Freeware+FLware only. Critique me.

Thanks guys. :)
I see where youre coming from. Yeah the riffs themselves dont progress too much. Most of the movement is really all in the sound design. I get lost there... on both accounts. :oops:
I appreciate the 'artificial' note. :) I was sort of going for a 'fantastic plastic' sound on the top end. Its not usually my thing, but I liked the sort of brittle high end of the synths in this one.
Thanks for checking it out! :party:
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